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Sunday 31 August 2014

Sun Salvage

Sarah Caden

Published 11/07/2013 | 12:44

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From left: La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5; Trilogy Very Gentle Calming Serum; Aveda sun care after-sun hair masque; Lanolips Lip Ointment With Colour SPF15 in Sunshine; Chanel Hydra Beauty Essence Mist

This summer’s bursts of decent weather have proved one thing about Irish people and it’s that we can’t be trusted in the sun.

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These days, we all  should know better, but we still get  scalded. With that in mind, then, and  conscious that, despite all the sage  advice, great protection products and  good intentions, sunburn still happens,  we have some salves for your skin. 

Some of the reasons we get silly in the  Irish sunshine are obvious. We see it  rarely, and the sunburn often happens  while we’re trying to decide if the sun  will be hanging around long enough for  it to be worth slathering on the sun  cream. Daft, sure, but understandable,  though the same cannot be said for the  scaldings we suffer in foreign climes.  We know the sun is there for the day, for  the week, or for the fortnight when we  go on holiday, yet so many of us get  burnt to a crisp. 

It can happen to anyone, though our  sympathy is scant for the repeat  offenders, but the holiday can be saved.  If the sun protection has been skipped,  then slap on these salves for body,  face, lips and hair and, please, learn  a lesson. 

BEST OVERALL  La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5,  €7.50, pharmacies nationwide 

This balm has proved such a hit that  they have launched this travel size this  summer, a 40ml tube that is sufficient  for any epidermal emergency. With  shea butter, glycerine, anti-inflammatory  panthenol and also an antibacterial  ingredient, it can be used even on burnt  or broken skin and it will cover the  adults and the kids alike. “Sadly, we had  some sunburn, on which this proved  effective recently,” said one panellist.  “It’s soothing without being greasy,  which meant that all my family  tolerated it.” 

BEST FACE SAVER  Trilogy Very Gentle Calming Serum,  €29.95, Arnotts; selected pharmacies  and health stores nationwide 

This serum is not designed for sunburnt  skin, but it works well on it. It contains  soothing aloe vera and sweet almond oil,  but also poria cocos extract, which is  known for its anti-inflammatory  properties and lends the product its  white, milky appearance. A little goes a  long way. “The serum’s ability to reduce  redness is remarkable,” a panellist said.  “It not only soothes, but also seems to  create a barrier to further aggravation.” 

BEST HAIR HELPER  Aveda sun care after-sun hair masque,  €24.50, Brown Thomas; House of Fraser,  Dundrum Town Centre, D16; selected  spas and salons nationwide 

You’ll need to be fast to catch the limited  seasonal supply of this hair mask in a  travel-size tube (€6.50), but the full-size  tube will cover a break of a week or a  fortnight’s duration. The sun can play  havoc with your hair and wreck a salon  colour, but this is full of nourishing oils  to replenish tresses. “The pineapple-ish  fragrance is lovely,” said a panellist. “My  hair was smooth on holiday and didn’t  need a blow-dry to banish frazzled frizz.” 

BEST LIP LOVER  Lanolips Lip Ointment With Colour  SPF 15 in Sunshine, €9.95, see  www.lanolips.com

 Lips — like nipples, you should be  warned — are highly susceptible to  sunburn, and if you burn either, it’s extra  uncomfortable. Sun protection should  be applied to your lips; something that’s  easily done when you’re applying sun  cream to your face, but a post-sun  product will help, too. This lanolin-based  product is soothing and healing and the  cute coral colour is a winner. “Between a  balm and a lip gloss, this is a brilliant  all-rounder in terms of before and after  the sun,” said one panellist. 

BEST INDULGENCE  Chanel Hydra Beauty Essence Mist, €55,  Chanel counters nationwide 

There’s no denying that this is an  expensive indulgence. With extract  of camellia and Madagascan blue ginger  — which Chanel says will help the skin to  build its moisture reserves and flood it  with antioxidants. It feels cool and fresh  but, more than other facial sprays, there  is a perceptible moisturising action, too.  “Oh, this is lovely, with its silky sensation  and the fresh scent,” said a panellist. “A  pep for my parched skin.

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